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Heritage properties to promote tourism in Punjab

Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday held talks with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA)

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2017 09:53 IST
HT Correspondent
Heritage Street in Amritsar
Heritage Street in Amritsar(HT Photo)

The Punjab tourism department plans a new policy to promote heritage tourism and job creation in rural areas.  

Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday held talks with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA). The tourism departments of Chandigarh and Haryana also attended the meeting.

The IHHA urged the Punjab government to vacate occupied heritage buildings to convert them into museums and hotels, as in Europe. Emphasising on promotion of Indus Valley Civilization assets, the association also urged Haryana to tap its tourism potential.

Sidhu said he was keen to promote cultural and heritage tourism. “Palaces, forts and old havelies could be converted into heritage tourism assets,” he said.

‘Will take youths’ views on cultural policy’

Sidhu said his department will seek views of the state’s youth before finalising the cultural policy. Presiding over a meeting of experts from art, literary, academic and cultural spheres to fine tune the proposed policy, he said it would be finalised by June-end.